The Adventures of Sloane

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pediatrician update

Sloane had her (three times rescheduled) nine month well baby visit this afternoon.

She is developing normally and is on target for all her milestones. As the doctor said, she's "one healthy, happy little girl."

She is even more of a giant than last time, weighing in at 21 lbs, 6 ounces (oh, my aching back!), which is 89th percentile. She's 31 inches tall, which is above 99th percentile. The doc even asked me how tall John was because her height is actually gaining speed (she's getting taller and taller relative to her age group), so she's going to be a very tall person. It's too early to tell how tall, but it's a safe bet, she's going to be well above average. Her head is still giant at 18 and 3/4 inches (also above 99th percentile) -- all the better to house that big and rapidly expanding brain.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Walk Like an Egyptian

(that's a song by The Bangles, for those of you who did not grow up in the '80's)

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Look alikes

My mom scanned some of my baby pictures...

I present: Mommy as a baby:







So, you tell us... who does Sloane look like?

What's Up?



Monday, January 21, 2008

Bed Head

This hairdo is what she woke up with this morning and no amount of coaxing would get that hair under control...





Sunday, January 20, 2008

Obsessions

Sloane has a couple of obsessions. Jumping up and down is one of them. The cats are another. As of this afternoon, we can add her cousin Ryan to that list. We went to visit her four year old cousin and she couldn't take her eyes off of him. It, of course, helps that he's cute as a button and super sweet to her.

Jumping up and down (sorry it's sideways - if I flip it in my movie editing software, it gets too big to upload to the blog):

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Cats:



"hey, where'd he go??"


Ryan (notice how she's trying to eat him?):





Just random cute pictures:

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Weeeeeeee!

What you can't hear, because there is no sound, is the infectious and wild giggling of both of them....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Rawr: Sloane and her Lion

Thanks, Uncle Pete and Aunt Maria, for our cool ride. Sloane loves it.

Sorry for the bad video quality, but we only have an old digital camera that has limited video capability and no sound.

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She immediately figured out that if you hit his nose, it lights up and plays music.




One other item of note, about a week ago, I watched in amazement as Sloane went from lying on her back to sitting up by herself. She's done it once or twice since, but not consistently. Today, she did it about six times in a matter of an hour and acted like she'd been doing it her whole life.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

9 Months

Dear Lolli,

Today you turn 9 months old. Mommy is having a really hard time because suddenly my little baby has become a big girl with attitude, strong opinions and a whole lot of mobility. Just a mere three months left that I can call you a baby. After that, you'll be a toddler. Wow, time flies.

This month, you started crawling fast, got two teeth, expanded your vocabulary, started eating meat (chicken and turkey - both of which you love, proving that you are your father's daughter since I hate chicken). You can say "mama," though you still say it without regard for what it means. You do, however, associate the names of your toys (especially ball, Huggy Bear, Elefant and Bunny) to the correct toy and you will raise your arms to be lifted when mommy says "up." You also know the word "hugs" and will give the best smooshie hugs when asked.

This month, you started a bit of self-feeding, though we still have a ways to go on this. You are being very stubborn about napping and will nap only if held, though night time sleep has been (knock on wood) pretty good.

Your personality is so distinct and you are certainly your own little person, quite distinct from your daddy and me. You are a charmer, though, winning over everyone with your smile and crazy long eyelashes.

This is the month that you fell head over heels in love with our cats, Frank and Cali, and you will do whatever you can to be near them, touch their fur and have long high-pitched, one-sided conversations with them. You think everything that they do is utterly fascinating and hilarious. Your daddy and I nearly died from amusement when you spent a full 20 minutes laughing uproariously because Frank jumped up on his cat tree and Cali sneezed. We literally could not get you to stop laughing.

All in all, you are growing up into one amazing, special, smart and beautiful little girl, and your daddy and I couldn't ask for anything more.

You're the best of both of us.

Love,
your mommy

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Just Another Magic Sunday

Caught a picture mid-fuss, but it does show off her new dress, new snowflake tights and new shoes. Oh, and those oh-so-cute teeth.








I still can't stop wondering how we got lucky enough to have a daughter with eyes like these. Wow.








This one's for daddy:

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Simply the best

It's been so long since Sloane hasn't been either sick or teething, that we'd almost forgotten what a normal week was like. This week, Sloane slept through the night every night, woke up happy and refreshed, ate well, practiced her crawling, and was even more of a joy than usual to be around. Plus, about two hours ago she finally uttered that little, teeny, tiny word that I've been dying to hear for months... "mama."

We are in heaven (and surprisingly well rested considering I had a massive sinus infection and have been on antibiotics and expectorants for 10 days).

This afternoon, we finally completely finished childproofing her room since she can crawl really fast now. Window blind cords are out of reach, outlets are covered, crib and changing table rails are covered in soft rubber to protect her from cracking her teeth, electrical cords are managed, door stops are removed and so on and so forth. I feel relieved. Now, we just have to figure out how to childproof the rest of the house because it's a death trap.

Here's our little cherub:







Remember how I talked about how Sloane now gnaws on everything she can get those little teeth on? Well, here's proof. I give you, the changing table railing:

Something in the Way She Moves

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Little Munchkin and her Toofers

This is the photo frenzy during which mommy goes nuts trying to get a good picture of Sloane's two little fangs, but instead gets lots of other really cute photos.

this morning in the playpen, giving love to Huggy Bear and Elefant




making a funny face


Gnawing on the railing of the changing table... diaper changes have become an exercise in futility as Sloane adamantly does not want to lie still or have a diaper put on her and squirms, rolls, screams and generally makes it very difficult.




Finally, some shots of the two toofers! Please excuse the chicken and sweet potatoes smeared across her cheeks and forehead...




Showing off those crazy eyelashes




Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Little Fang 2, Brother of Fang

Posting has been limited because mommy was on her figurative deathbed with a severe sinus infection. In the meantime, Sloane popper her second tooth (on Friday, January 4th) and we are calling it Brother of Fang. She now is chomping down and leaving little teeny teeth marks on anything she can get her mouth on.

She can now also identify simple words and commands: up, give hugs, ball, huggy bear (a pink stuffed bear), bunny (her teething stuffed bunny) and the biggie: no. When I say "no" in a strong voice, she will stop what she's doing and look at me. It's a good start.

She's been a complete charmer as usual, but John and I can't help but get teary eyed at how big our little baby has gotten. She'll be nine months old in a few days, she can crawl like a champ, talk, eat finger foods... it's just s few short months until she's not our baby, but our toddler. Sniff.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

A Little Charm for the New Year

The Littlest One on New Year's Day